April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning

An element of recovery is learning that we deserve success, the good things that come to us, and also that pain is a reality. We have the strength to deal with that pain without medicating, and it will pass. —Dudley Martineau Many of us didn’t understand the changing variables in being human. Our coping skillsContinue reading “April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning”

Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.

It is a rare and precious moment when it first dawns on us that we are free and without fear AT A RECENT meeting I attended, someone broached the subject “peace of mind,” and as usual the kaleidoscope of AA began to produce many different patterns of thought. By the time most of us reachContinue reading “Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.”

Lack of Meetings – Negative Attitude – Grapevine Article July 1980 by L.C.

I HAVE BEEN sober in AA for nearly five years, and a great deal has happened since my first meeting. I tried to follow the Steps to the best of my ability for the first few years. I was working at a menial job, which yielded a menial pay check. I was single and livingContinue reading “Lack of Meetings – Negative Attitude – Grapevine Article July 1980 by L.C.”

Mashup – Grapevine Article ‘ Lifeline’ with Big Book ‘A Vision For You’ pages 152 & 153

A sober woman living alone during the pandemic finds strength and fellowship by dialing numbers When the Covid virus hit, it suddenly became no longer safe and acceptable to hold hands in our AA meetings and offer each other a friendly hug. Then the meetings closed down and I began my quarantine at home, workingContinue reading “Mashup – Grapevine Article ‘ Lifeline’ with Big Book ‘A Vision For You’ pages 152 & 153”

Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W

In its deeper sense AA is a quest for freedom–freedom under God. Of course the immediate object of our quest is sobriety–freedom from alcohol and from all its baleful consequences. Without this freedom, we have nothing at all. Paradoxically, though, we can achieve no liberation from the alcohol obsession until we become willing to dealContinue reading “Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W”

Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.

“Nothing can matter more to the future welfare of AA than the manner in which we use this colossus of communication.” —Bill W., 1960Audio Player00:0000:00 I have had amazing experiences already within virtual AA meetings, and over time I’ve come to the conclusion that there is very little difference between those and physical meetings—something thatContinue reading “Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.”

Tenth Step Thoughts – Grapevine Article October 1962 by C.D.A.

Would AA’s Fourth Step have changed the ending of the famous old horror story? THREE-QUARTERS of a century ago, Fanny Stevenson, frightened in the night by her husband’s cries and moans, prodded him into wakefulness. In a dawning state of consciousness he was annoyed, and not for the usually mundane reason. Robert Louis Stevenson, whoContinue reading “Tenth Step Thoughts – Grapevine Article October 1962 by C.D.A.”

The One I’d Never Make – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Karen M.

This was how low my disease brought me.  One night, I drank myself into a blackout and then I stabbed a cop. When I woke up, there was a woman police officer reading me my rights and I was handcuffed to a hospital bed. I explained that she had the wrong room, the wrong personContinue reading “The One I’d Never Make – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Karen M.”

Quiet Guidance – Grapevine Article May 1990 by Anonymous

Whenever I hear sponsors mentioned in AA meetings, I think about the sponsors I’ve had since September 1974, when I first got to AA. I remember my first sponsor. Let’s call her Wilma, since that wasn’t her name. I asked her to be my sponsor after my first AA meeting. Wilma was the only oneContinue reading “Quiet Guidance – Grapevine Article May 1990 by Anonymous”

Meditation Meeting, Feb. 21st 2021 –Introduction to Meditation, (Revised)

By Wayne S. Includes excerpts and text edited from:  AA Twelve and Twelve – 11th Step, miscellaneous excerpts from various sessions from the app Waking Up by Sam Harris, Tracy Cochran blogpost Giving is Receiving The Get Up, Get Out, Get Sober (GUGOGS) meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous devotes the meeting on the third Sunday of each month toContinue reading “Meditation Meeting, Feb. 21st 2021 –Introduction to Meditation, (Revised)”